Grazia Daily Goes Backstage at Giles' S/S'12 Show!

20 September 2011

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When Grazia Daily took up residence at Giles Deacon's studio this summer, we were befuddled by the endless swan pictures stuck to his wall. What IS this fascination with the elegant creature, we wondered. Was he an undercover Swan Lake fan? Had he watched Black Swan one too many times? Or maybe he'd been inspired by Miuccia Prada's swan print? Well, last night, it all became clear when we arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice to sneak backstage before the designer's S/S'12 show...

Giles dress backstage ss12

Amongst the grand pillars, we found masses of sparkles, metallics and, of course, plumes of feathers. Yes, this season Giles has been inspired by swans and showgirls and everything is magically marvellous.

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Let's take a closer look, shall we? This fancy frock covered in lilac feathers caught our eye the moment we arrived - isn't it gorgeously flapper-esque? And the magpie within us couldn't miss this bunch of glistening liquid-silver numbers, including shredded leather dresses with a fierce gladiatorial vibe.

No, it's NOT real, sillies! This spectacular swan with a glittery red beak is in fact a faaabulous headdress created by Stephen Jones who was spotted flitting backstage to ensure his creations were in pristine condition. And what's that next to the swans? A box of bug-like sunglasses in scarlett and silvery grey. Hmmm, we like.

And here comes the man himself, swanning in (ha!) to explain his S/S '12 inspiration. 'In a nutshell, it's a fantastic voyage between Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol and Leigh Bowery - just wait to be amazed!' Giles tells Grazia Daily. As for all the swans? 'There's a great picture Cecil Beaton took of an Italian sculptor with two swans wrapped over his head. Also, we've done some work with the National Ballet before and I really wanted to expand on the swan world.' And was the Oscar-winning thriller starring Natalie Portman influential in the designs? 'No, it's just that [swans] are very elegant creatures and there's lots of interesting sides to them and that complements the work we do.' Sounds incredible, Mr D.

giles red dress backstage ss12

Next, we find grand couture-esque ballgowns and intricate laser cut creations in vivid red. Incredible, indeed. The seamstresses were busy putting the finishing touches to the dresses just moments before showtime. Not long now, folks...

Giles backstage makeup Hanne

In the make-up department, pre-show prep is coming along nicely. Can you spot the too-cool-for-school Hanne Gaby Odiele in the fluro shirt waiting for a touch-up?

Giles backstage beauty red wine lip

Beauty supremo, Lucia Peroni, tells us the look is pared-down and super-simple to balance out the extravagance of the clothes. The warm flush on the cheeks and lips suggests the models 'have had a glass or two of red wine and started snogging'. Ooh-err.

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Ooh, and who's this? None other than mega model Joan Smalls getting her tootsies painted a dramatic tone of blood red. EVERY detail counts...

jessica Stam Giles red lip

Meanwhile, more leggy lovelies are striking a pose for the photographers. How fab are Jessica Stam's red skinny jeans? WE WANT.

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As for the hair, it’s all about natural, fresh beauty. The hair is shampooed and conditioned first using Toni & Guy’s Label.M products and then is slightly blow-dried using TWO diffusers (kept at a distance to avoid frizziness) for a natural wave.

So how did the hair team come up with the look? 'At the hair test yesterday, one of the models arrived having just come from New York with her hair in a loose bun. When she released it, Katie Grand loved it so much, she decided that was it,' hair guru Indira explains. 'Giles really went for it this season with overpowering dresses and headpieces so we always knew we wanted to create natural hair.'

To achieve the look at home, just twist your tresses into a bun and let it dry naturally. Oh, if only it was so simple…

Giles backstage Spring Summer models

In the court’s banqueting space, Daphne Groeneveld is being directed how to well, walk down the catwalk - as if she isn't already a pro. But the two-by-two line-up suggests an extra special display is in store...

Model backstage at Giles SS12Hanne My Little Pony Giles

The rest of the models are waiting for their cue. Carmen Kass slouches against a pillar in the coolest way possible while Hanne Gaby Odiele texts while cuddling her My Little Pony. Adorbs!

Giles front row Kelly Brook

Away from the backstage madness, the front row is filling up nicely. So far, we've celeb-spotted Jessie J, Dannii Minogue, Pixie Geldof, Erin O’Connor and Kelly Brook taking their VIP seats. Phewf, it's QUITE the turn out!

Giles model line-up ss12

Oop, it's showtime! The girls are ready to go and Grazia Daily must scramble for our seat. Take a look at the video below and enjoy the show...

- Jessica Vince


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